Dr Dominique Estival

Research Program: Speech and Language


Dominique Estival received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. Her research experience in Natural Language Processing has been at the frontier between industry and academia, with positions at ISSCO (Switzerland), The University of Melbourne, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and private language technology companies in the US and Australia.

In 2010, she joined the University of Western Sydney to manage AusTalk, the largest Australian audio-visual speech data collection. Her research interests have included the computational modelling of language change, machine translation, grammar formalisms for linguistic engineering, spoken dialogue systems and aviation communication.


  • PhD. University of Pennsylvania, USA. Linguistics
  • Maitrise (MA) Université de Paris-X Nanterre, France. English Linguistics
  • Licence (BA) Université de Paris-X Nanterre, France. English
  • D.E.U.G. (Diploma). Ecole des Langues Orientales, Université de Paris-I, France. Modern Greek


  • Project manager for the AusTalk
  • Alveo
  • AusKidTalk projects
  • Researcher on the e-Health project
  • Project director for the Foreign-accented Australian English projects

Past Positions

  • 2006-2008. Senior Manager – Projects & Research, Appen Pty Ltd. Sydney, Australia
  • 2002-2006. Senior Research Scientist. Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). Edinburgh, SA, Australia
  • 1999–2001. Head of the Natural Language Processing Group, Syrinx Speech Systems, North Sydney, Australia
  • 1995–1998. Lecturer in Computational Linguistics, Department of Linguistics & Applied Linguistics, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 1989–1995. Researcher, ISSCO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1988–1989. Computational Linguist, Wang Laboratories, Massachusetts, USA
  • 1986–1988. Computational Linguist, Weidner Communications Corporation, Illinois, USA

Research Interests

  • Computational Linguistics
  • Language Processing
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Aviation Communication


For a full listing of my publications please see my personal publications page.(opens in a new window)

Click to purchase a copy of Dominique's book, 'Aviation English: A lingua franca for pilots and air traffic controllers' (opens in a new window)

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Contact Dominique

Phone+61 2 9772 6596
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)